Clippers vs. Lakers Betting Odds & Prediction from Jack Jones: October 29th 2013
NBA Picks: October 29th 2013
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Los Angeles Lakers
Betting Prediction: Clippers -8.5 -110 odds
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The Los Angeles Clippers are the team to beat in the Western Conference in my opinion. They hired head coach Doc Rivers in the offseason, and he could be the missing link that this team needed to get over the hump and win a championship.
The talent is certainly there to do so with a core that returns Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, Jamal Crawford and Matt Barnes. The additions of J.J. Redick and Jared Dudley will help space the floor with their ability to knock down open jump shots. Byron Mullens is a solid offensive replacement for Jordan, who is one of the best defenders the league has to offer.
The Los Angeles Lakers are actually in a bit of a rebuilding phase for once. With Kobe Bryant still sidelined due to injury, the starting five will likely consist of Steve Nash, Steve Blake, Nick Young, Shawne Williams and Pau Gasol. The bench players are expected to be Jordan Farmar, Jodie Meeks, Xavier Henry, Wes Johnson, Jordan Hill and Chris Kaman. As you can see, this team certainly lacks star power.
You saw what happened to the Lakers when they were without Bryant in the playoffs. They were swept in four games by the San Antonio Spurs and were never competitive, losing all four games by double-digits. Now, they no longer have Dwight Howard around. This team is thoroughly outclassed Tuesday night, and I look for that to be reflected in the final score.
The Clippers owned the Lakers last season even with a healthy Bryant on the floor. They swept the Lakers for the first time in ages, winning three times by double-digits in the process. Their average margin of victory in the four games was 13.3 points per game. I have no doubt the Clippers have what it takes to win by 9-plus points in the opener. The Lakers are 8-20 against the spread in their last 28 games as an underdog. Bet the Clippers Tuesday.
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